Tube and Pipe Production

The tube and pipe production technology area encompasses mills and all of the equipment that makes a mill run successfully: tooling, welding units, nondestructive testers, bundlers, scarfing equipment, straighteners, scrap choppers, and washing systems.

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Improving flying cutoff operations, mill productivity

December 16, 2014

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Tube and pipe production is a capital-intensive process, but paying close attention to the efficiency of some of the lowest-cost items, specifically the consumables, can yield big benefits in productivity. At the cutoff, proper blade choice and optimizing the cutting depth are important first steps, but it’s also necessary to diagnose saw problems and—most important of all—develop a blade replacement strategy that minimizes mill downtime.

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Superior Tube and Fine Tubes appoint new global director

December 15, 2014

Superior Tube and Fine Tubes, both part of the Watermill Group, have appointed Shion Hung to the position of global director of customer programs and business intelligence. Hung previously served as platform director, access and advanced energy for Johnson & Johnson and as global marketing and...

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Longtime H & H Tube manager retires

December 10, 2014

H & H Tube, Vanderbilt, Mich., has announced the retirement of Production Manager Don Forman, effective at the end of 2014, after more than 40 years with the company. Forman plans to leave the Tube & Pipe Association International®’s Extrusion, Drawing & Tube Reducing (EDTR) Council at the same...

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Superior Tube receives DDTC registration

December 1, 2014

Superior Tube, Collegeville, Pa., a manufacturer of small-diameter precision tubing for the aerospace, nuclear, medical, and oil and gas industries, has announced the extension of its registration with the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) as a manufacturer...

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USW applauds ITC for continuing investigation of welded line pipe from Korea and Turkey

December 1, 2014

The United Steelworkers (USW) union has announced its approval of the International Trade Commission’s (ITC’s) action in voting to continue investigating antidumping and countervailing duties on welded line pipe from Korea and Turkey. The USW joined the petition to impose antidumping and...

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Associated Tube Group receives third consecutive GM Supplier Quality Excellence Award

November 26, 2014

Associated Tube Group, Markham, Ont., a division of Samuel, Son & Co. Ltd., has won a 2014 GM Supplier Quality Excellence Award for the third year in a row for its supply of the GM Gen 5 direct injection DOM tubing to GM Components Holdings LLC. The GM Gen 5 V6 and V8 are the primary engines for GM...

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SMS Meer supplies pipe welding line to CSI

November 26, 2014

SMS Meer, Germany, has delivered an electrical resistance welding (ERW) line for pipe diameters from 8.625 to 24 in. to CSI Tubular Products Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of California Steel Industries Inc., Fontana, Calif. The line achieves production speeds up to 114.8 FPM, producing up to...

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AK Steel announces USW members’ ratification of labor agreement

November 10, 2014

AK Steel, West Chester, Ohio, has announced that members of the United Steelworkers of America (USW) Local 1915 have ratified a new three-year labor agreement with its wholly owned subsidiary, AK Tube LLC, a producer of carbon and stainless steel ERW tubular products in Walbridge, Ohio. The new...

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ASMAG to build drawing/finishing line for U.S. customer

November 10, 2014

Tube manufacturing machinery and equipment producer ASMAG USA Inc., Schaumburg, Ill., has announced that a U.S. customer has placed an order for a complete drawing and finishing line for manufacturing precision steel tubes. The customer is expanding and needs to increase manufacturing capacity and...

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Plymouth Tube appoints president/CEO

November 4, 2014

Warrenville, Ill.-based Plymouth Tube Co., a manufacturer of steel tubing and steel and titanium extruded shapes, has named Mark Baker its new president and CEO. Baker is the first nonfamily member to hold that position since the company’s founding in 1924. Baker joins the company as Donald...

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Marcegaglia signs sales agreement with Phillips Metals for North American market

October 29, 2014

Marcegaglia and Phillips Metals Inc. (PMI), Romeoville, Ill., have signed an agreement to provide sales of DOM products into the North American market. The tubes will be produced mainly by the new Chinese facility of The Marcegaglia Group. The agreement provides exclusive sales representation to...

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Rafter launches new website

October 20, 2014

Rafter Equipment Corp. has launched a new website design at www.rafterequipment.com. It offers more access to photographs of the company’s products and makes it easy for visitors to stay current with its regular new releases. The site also includes a mobile-friendly version. The company,...

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Record results reported at wire and Tube China 2014

October 16, 2014

The recent staging of wire and Tube China 2014 in Shanghai closed to record results: 1,461 exhibitors presented technology, machinery, and products from the wire, cable, and tube processing industries to more than 38,000 visitors. In addition to the strong Chinese participation and many...

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Electric tube hone handles bore IDs up to 35.41 in.

October 1, 2014

Sunnen’s new HTR all-electric job shop tube hone combines servo precision and cycle automation features with constant spindle power and 0.004-in. stroke repeatability to hone blind bores or correct tight spots in a bore without operator intervention. The machine handles bore IDs up to 35.41...

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Kent Corp. receives order for tube mill entry system

September 26, 2014

Kent Corp., North Royalton, Ohio, has announced the receipt of an order for a high-speed, hands-free tube mill entry system. The system will handle strip widths from 2 to 14 in. and gauges from 0.030 to 0.175. The automated entry will replace older...

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